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November 18, 2015 @ 3:47 pm

Brazil 2015

Nico Rosberg needs to do a lot more than just win the Brazilian Grand Prix to impress Mat Coch it seems as he's joined in the Pitpass studio once again by Chris Balfe and Max Noble.

The trio are on deck to navigate the flat water that was the Brazilian Grand Prix. For Noble and Balfe it was a race Rosberg should be proud of, a lights to flag victory which he steered home without a hint of chop to the ride. Coch is less impressed and suggests Lewis Hamilton was the better of the two Mercedes drivers. He even tries to defend his stance, though Balfe and Noble are having none of that nonsense.

Somehow the team manages to talk for a full nine minutes about the race itself. What makes that remarkable is that in reality the race only lasted about nine seconds. Still the trio found things to amuse themselves with, which this week seems to be trying to subtly slot in nautical themes throughout the show.

That almost did the trick of distracting them from mentioning the war. They mentioned it once, but we're pretty sure they got away with it as the subject of engines for next season is glossed over with the same speed as Pastor Maldonado's finishing record when it's time to cash the cheque.

Poor Pastor cops a bit of a pasting this week with Balfe suggesting Lotus hasn't done itself any favours next season by retaining him. It's done even less for Jolyon Palmer who is set to be take Throwing Expensive Automobiles at the Scenery 101 from Professor Maldonado, or Professor Mal as he's known to the cool kids.

There's also talk about the reshuffle at Manor and the problems in Austin, there's even a three thumbs up for Carlos Sainz, who has to be the unluckiest driver in Formula One this season. Felipe Massa's disqualification gets the crew frothing at the mouth while for light relief Balfe seems on the verge of suggesting Fernando Alonso quit F1 and forge a new career in comedy.

November 4, 2015 @ 3:17 pm

Mexico 2015

There's a party in the Pitpass studio and much to Chris Balfe's disdain it shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Editor Balfe is joined once again by Max Noble and Mat Coch as the trio dissects the latest round of Bernie's Scalextric World Championship, though they've lost the track invader piece that actually makes the racing interesting.

So instead they focus on other events, laying into Lewis Hamilton like a Mexican wrestler. Indeed the triple world champion gets body slammed by all three of the guys who take turns to brand him things like unprofessional, childish and Lewis. Coch suggests he needs to learn how to lose, or more to the point, understand the fact that he can't win every race while the team all agrees the mentoring role Nigel Mansell took on over the weekend was wildly successful. Not since the mustachioed maestro ruled the Peraltada has the sport seen whining of such epic proportions.

Speaking of whining, there is a brief and terse discussion about engines. Balfe was busy during the week pulling all the price tags off the engines at Brackley, which had what looked like a telephone number on them while those at Woking simply said "free to good home." Coch though isn't buying the bluff and provides irrefutable evidence that, while the Honda may as well be a Vespa, the McLaren is hardly any better.

Missing this week is Max Noble's now trademark conspiracy theory but instead he got to talk about Aston Martin, Pirelli's tyres and how nobody whined about them other than Lewis.

And of course no podcast this week would be complete without touching on the biggest story of the year; Susie Wolff's retirement from competitive motorsport. And yes, the guys really do ask THAT question… You know the one; about at which point she actually started competitive motorsport.

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